Tesla To Choose Up To 3 Sites For Gigafactory, Ground Breaking For June On Schedule (Update)
It seems plans for the ground breaking of Tesla’s Gigafactory have changed quite a bit in the past week or two.
UPDATE: Or maybe not as the original Business Insider report has been modified at Tesla’s request for being inaccurate.
Late last month the company said that they were just a “few weeks away” from ground breaking, but a Business Insider report suggested otherwise, while adding that an additional 3rd site may be included in the search.
In reality plans specific to the ground breaking are unchanged as we have been in touch with Tesla directly on the issue.
However, Elon Musk did tell Bloomberg news (who seem to act as the defacto ‘unofficial’ press release outfit for Tesla) that the company won’t select a final site this year.
“I would expect that we do a down-select for gigafactory 1 before the end of the year.”
This would seem to open the door for notoriously slow-moving California to also get in on the action (along with Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico), as the state was originally dismissed by Tesla because of how slow and difficult it can be to establish manufacturing there.
Last we reported that Sacramento’s Mather Business Park and airport had thrown their hat into the ring for the Gigafactory competition.
The Tesla CEO also added they were now considering more site options as well.
“It might actually be three states that we do it in.”
Earlier this month we saw that Panasonic was shying away from committing too large investment in Tesla’s battery facility, but that it still expected to be the sole battery maker involved in the project.
Update 2: Tesla contacted us about the Business Insider’s original story noting that there had been no delays in Gigafactory plans, and passed along this quote from the CEO:
“We are probably going to do two or maybe three states all the way to creating a foundation and completing the plans and getting approvals and everything. “
A representative of the company also told us the following directly this evening:
“This does not signify a delay in our plans to break ground in June. Multiple sites will be developed in parallel to minimize delay and provide options.”